Creative Writing Prompts

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Need an idea to help you get started writing? You’ll find hundreds of fun writing prompts here – perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout.

Your Keynote Speech

You received a call from your alma mater and they want you to be the keynote speaker at graduation. Write a speech that inspires the future generation to work toward their dreams.

Sorry I Had to Rig Your GPS, But This Is Urgent

You had planned to attend a friend’s birthday party and plugged her address into your GPS system, but the system guided you to somewhere else. Oddly enough, there was a man waiting for you at this mysterious place. “Sorry I had to rig your GPS, but this is urgent,” said the person. Post your...

Talking Dog

Your kids have spent years asking you to get them a dog. You finally break down and get one, only to discover that this dog talks—but only to you. More interestingly, the dog loves to gossip about your kids and their lives. Write a scene where ...

Confronting a Childhood Bully

You’re out at restaurant and bump into a childhood bully who used to steal your lunch money. Confront the bully and give him or her a piece of your mind. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Voicemail from Boss

You get into work and find that your boss has left a voicemail message on your phone. The message is urgent. Though, what’s peculiar is that the message is not work related. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

You’re Having Twins

The ultrasound come in and it turns out you and your spouse are having twins. Write the scene where you tell your family, especially your mother who for years has jokingly asked you to have twins. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Returning to Campus

On the 10th anniversary of your college graduation, you and your closest college friends decide to return to campus for a weekend to relive your “glory days.” Things go awry, though, when late in the evening one of your friends runs into an ex-girlfriend. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments...

Your Uncle’s Will

After living for years paycheck to paycheck, a windfall of money comes your way from a distant uncle. But in order to receive the money, you must complete a mission from your uncle’s will. What’s the mission and did you do it? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Losing a Loved One

Someone who you are extremely close to unexpectedly dies. Write that person a letter explaining what you will miss most about him or her. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Not Your Real Mother

Mother’s Day is over and you’ve just finished a nice dinner with your mom when you receive a phone call. An unfamiliar female voice is on the other end and says, “Stop celebrating with her! I’m your real mother.” Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

An Apple’s Point of View

Write a story from the point of view of an apple, sitting in a fruit basket on your kitchen counter, observing life around it. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

The Morning After

You are out partying with friends when one slips something into your drink. The next thing you know, it’s the morning and you don’t remember anything—though you have a collection of mysterious items surrounding you and you have a new tattoo. Your friend stops by and explains, much to your surprise, what happened. Post...

Mystery Cookie

One day you come into work and find a cookie mysteriously placed on your desk. Grateful to whoever left this anonymous cookie, you eat it. The next morning you come in and find another cookie. This continues for months until one day a different object is left–and this time there’s a note. Post your...

Computer Woes

One morning you are sitting in front of your computer working on your novel when, suddenly, the computer starts talking to you. What does it say? Does it deliver an important message or just want to chat? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Mistaken Surgery

You are in the operating room and are slowly being put under to have your gall bladder removed. Just as you are dosing off, you notice the doctor entering the room isn’t the doctor scheduled to operate on you. When you awake, your gall bladder is still there, but something else about you has...

You See a Face Through Your Dark Window

You always look out the dark windows and wonder if something is out there. One night when you look, a small face with bright eyes appears at the window. Write about what you do, who/what it is, and why they are there. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Create a New Human-esque Race

Create a new human-esque race and describe it as thoroughly as possible. Be sure to describe appearance, culture, values, beliefs, etc. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

George Washington on Twitter

What if George Washington were running for president today? Write several Twitter tweets of 140 characters or fewer from his point of view. They can be serious about issues, humorous about his adjustment to 21st century social media—anything you want. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Animal Revolution

You were out running in the woods when you fell down and hit your head. You wake up to find yourself in a dark hole, surrounding by small woodland creatures who are talking amongst themselves excitedly. You realize that you can understand what they are saying, and they are all suggesting different ways to...

Changing Your Childhood

Pick an event from your childhood that you wish would have gone differently. Write it as though it had happened ideally. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.